Dr Ross Bernay

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Deputy Head of School

Email: ross.bernay@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7164-3212

Academic appointments:

  • Deputy Head of School, Auckland University of Technology (2015 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • EdD, Auckland University of Technology
  • MA Education, California State University Fresno
  • Teacher Registration, Teaching Council of New Zealand

Overview:

Ross is the Deputy Head of the School of Education. His interests include literacy and education for the future, integrating the arts across the curriculum, providing equitable opportunities for all students through quality teaching, and mindfulness.

Research interests:

The focus of my current research revolves around the mind/body/spirit connection for the holistic being. Therefore, I am exploring the role of mindfulness for teacher education students, teachers in the profession and children in schools and early childhood centres. In addition, I am also looking at partnerships between schools and universities to see how we can enhance initial teacher education.

Mindfulness involves focused attention in the moment without judgement but with compassion. Research has shown the potential of mindfulness for stress reduction, building focus and attention, reduced anxiety, etc.

These benefits suggest that mindfulness may have an impact on academic achievement and well-being. When statistics show nearly 40% of teachers worldwide (and in New Zealand) leave the profession within the first three years, I believe this is particularly important for student teachers and beginning teachers who are learning to cope with the demands of the classroom.

Mindfulness in Education
Partnerships in Initial Teacher Education

Teaching summary:

English and Reading; Professional Inquiry and Practice; Master of Teaching and Learning; Inclusive Education

Fields of research:

  • Education Systems
  • Primary Education (Excl. Maori)
  • Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
  • Sociology of Education
  • Philosophy of Mind (Excl. Cognition)

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Bernay, R. (2020). A school/university partnership changed my ‘being’ as a teacher educator. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi:10.1007/s40841-020-00173-1

  • Bernay, R. (2019). Follow the inner camino: An autoethnographic study. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1), 157-178.

  • Bernay, R., Graham, E., Devcich, D. A., Rix, G., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2016). Pause, breathe, smile: A mixed-methods study of student well-being following participation in an eight-week, locally developed mindfulness program in three New Zealand schools. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(2). doi:10.1080/1754730X.2016.1154474

  • Bernay, R. (2014). Mindfulness and the beginning teacher. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(7).

Journal articles

  • Bernay, R. (2020). A school/university partnership changed my ‘being’ as a teacher educator. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies. doi:10.1007/s40841-020-00173-1

  • Bernay, R., Stringer, P., Milne, J., & Jhagroo, J. (2020). Three models of effective school–university partnerships. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 55, 133-148. doi:10.1007/s40841-020-00171-3

  • Bernay, R. (2019). Follow the inner camino: An autoethnographic study. New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, 54(1), 157-178.

  • Devcich, D. A., Rix, G., Bernay, R., & Graham, E. (2017). Effectiveness of a mindfulness-based program on school children's self-reported well-being: A pilot study comparing effects with an emotional literacy program. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 33(4). doi:10.1080/15377903.2017.1316333

  • Bernay, R., Graham, E., Devcich, D. A., Rix, G., & Rubie-Davies, C. M. (2016). Pause, breathe, smile: A mixed-methods study of student well-being following participation in an eight-week, locally developed mindfulness program in three New Zealand schools. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(2). doi:10.1080/1754730X.2016.1154474

  • Bernay, R. (2014). Mindfulness and the beginning teacher. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 39(7).

  • Rix, G., & Bernay, R. (2014). A study of the effects of mindfulness in five primary schools in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Teachers' Work, 11(2).

  • Gerbic, P., Grey, A., Moore, W., & Bernay, R. (2009). Introducing the Mahara eportfolio to student teachers: Teacher perspectives. He Kupu, 2(1). Retrieved from http://www.nztertiarycollege.ac.nz/HeKupu/index.php?page=203

Conference contributions

  • Bernay, R. (2014). Mindfulness and the beginning teacher. In Teacher Education Forum of Aotearoa New Zealand (TEFANZ). Hamilton. Retrieved from https://www.tefanz.org.nz/2013/12/call-for-papers-2014-tefanz-conference/

  • Bernay, R. (2011). Positioning myself in research. In AUT School of Education 7th Annual Research Conference. Auckland.

  • Bernay, R. (2010). A new look at methodology: the courtship of mindfulness and phenomenology. In Introducting mindfulness: Occasional Papers #1. Mindfulness Special Interest Group. : AUT University.

  • Bernay, R. (2009). Using mindfulness to slow down in order to speed up progress for children in early childhood centres and primary schools. In AUT University Conversations about Research. Auckland.

  • Bernay, R. (2009). Using mindfulness to slow down in order to speed up progress for children with special needs. In IEAG and Standards Plus Conference: Making inclusive education happen. Wellington.

  • Bernay, R. (2009). Using mindfulness to slow down in order to speed up progress for children with special needs. In Making inclusive education happen. .

  • Hogan, V., & Bernay, R. (2008). Reducing stress-strategies for practicum. In AT Symposium. .

  • Grey, A., Bernay, R., Moore, W., & Gerbic, P. (2007). Introducing e-portfolios to student teachers: Swimming ahead of the current. In New Zealand Association for Research in Education (NZARE) National Conference: Education in the Pacific. Christchurch.

  • Hogan, V., & Bernay, R. (2007). Reducing anxiety for students in first year practicum. In Quality in teacher education: Considering different perspectives and agendas - Proceedings of the 2007 Australian Teacher Education Association National Conference (pp. 1-11). Wollongong.

Theses

Other outputs

  • Bernay, R. (2011). Mindfulness, a way of being providing support for beginning teachers: initial findings from a phenomenological study.. In Mindfulness and Tertiary Education: Occasional Papers. School of Education, Auckland University of Technology.

  • Bernay, R. (2011). Total commitment: My journey in mindfulness. In Journeys into mindfulness: Occasional papers.

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